A DUI/DWI arrest in Ocean County or anywhere else in New Jersey is a jarring, disruptive event. A DUI/DWI conviction will change your life. Without effective legal representation, you may face steep fines, higher insurance rates, loss of driving privileges, and even jail time.
At the Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., in Brick, New Jersey, I provide my clients a powerful, strategic and effective defense against drunk driving charges. Learn more in a free consultation by calling 888-415-7141.
Facing Penalties Following A DWI/DUI Arrest?
A DUI/DWI conviction can result in harsh penalties even if it is your first offense. New Jersey first-offense DUI/DWI penalties for driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or .09 will include:
- Driver's license suspension for a minimum of three months
- Fines/assessments in excess of $500
- Annual surcharge of $1,000 per year for three years
- Jail time of up to 30 days
- Other penal consequences
DUI/DWI penalties can significantly increase with high blood alcohol content (BAC) levels of .10 or higher, repeat DUI/DWI, breath test refusal and certain other factors. New Jersey drunk driving penalties double when the offense occurs within 1,000 feet of a school (school zone DUI/DWI offense).
At the Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., you get a DUI defense attorney who was a former prosecutor. I know how the prosecution thinks in drunk driving cases. I will meticulously review the evidence to identify technical and constitutional weaknesses in their case. I can also call on expert witnesses to help build a convincing defense, when necessary.
Were The Alcotest Or Other Field Sobriety Tests Valid?
As an experienced DUI defense lawyer, I am adept at finding holes in the prosecution's case that get charges reduced or dropped altogether. With regard to Alcotest evidence, I ask three important questions:
- Was the machine properly calibrated?
- Was the operator of the machine qualified?
- Was the test administered properly?
If the answer to any of these questions is "no," then the blood alcohol readings are inadmissible, which may result in the case being dismissed.
Field sobriety tests, such as the walk-and-turn test, horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) or one-leg-stand test, are subjective tests that rely solely on the arresting officer's opinion as to how the test was performed. The officer's failure to administer the tests properly or the officer's biased opinion can significantly impact results. I know how to effectively explain such issues at trial, weakening the prosecution's case against you.
I will also challenge police stops, checkpoints and other elements of police procedure to pursue the best results for you. Additionally, if you are facing charges for breath test refusal or driving while on the revoked or suspended list after a DUI/DWI conviction, I have the experience to help you fight these charges.
Start Mounting Your DUI/DWI Defense Today
If you have been arrested for a drunk driving offense and are facing penalties such as a revoked license, I will stand up for your rights. Call me toll free at 888-415-7141 or contact me online to learn more in a free consultation. My law firm serves clients in Asbury Park, Manasquan and throughout the Jersey Shore. I offer free initial consultations and accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards.